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(en) Ruptura Colectiva (RC): International solidarity with Mateo Gutiérrez: critical thought is not terrorism!
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:32:00 +0200
When we talk about violence in Latin America and in other parts of the world, it is
thought that it only implies talking about an unstable, self-conflicting and
self-defeating society, an endless of patterns that condemn our neighborhoods, towns and
communities, reproduced in the streets, in social relations and within oneself. ---- But
there are more elements within this scheme, there is another violence in the media,
misinforming what happens daily; then we find a selective violence that is based on
criminalization by institutions and bad governments, condemning innocent people through
their laws, imputing them fabricated crimes and blaming them as violent people, precisely
because those bad governments - in their own myth- are placed as the only guardians of
order and life.
What happens then with those who realize that it is not like that? Mateo Gutiérrez León is
a committed and critical student of the 5th semester of the career of sociology at the
National University of Colombia -Bogota-, an excellent companion, son, friend and an
active and solidary mind in different national circumstances that considers unfair and
product of that social manipulation.
Today he is the victim of a false judicial verdict. The Colombian State - in the voice and
act of the Minister of Defense, Luis Carlos Villegas and the Colombian Prosecutor's Office
- declares him guilty of placing a "pamphlet bomb" on September 18, 2015 in the city of
Bogota, a fictitious fact that has been refuted by his own parents and his people nearby,
since Mateo was in a trip outside the country along with his mother Arecely Leon.
Similarly, his father Omar Gutiérrez, mentions that it is perfectly probable that the
prosecution is looking for a ‘scapegoat' because of its inability to find those
responsible for the wave of insecurity in Bogotá. Mateo is considered guilty because he
belongs to a "university of revoltosos"; Because he has visited Cuba and other Latin
American countries "lands of the devil socialism"; In addition to changing his look
constantly and painting his hair.
These are arguments from the mass media and the powers of attorney, not a joke! This is
the selective violence that we have to stop once and for all, because it seems that the
worst crime that a student can do is occupy his knowledge for the benefit of society.
Recently in Mexico, three hñáhñú indigenous women - Teresa González Cornelio, Jacinta
Francisco Marcial and Alberta Alcántara Juan - were imprisoned for allegedly subjecting
and abducting six ‘defenseless' agents from the extinct Federal Investigative Agency. They
spent little more than 3 years to get their freedom. Now, one of the phrases they leave us
says: "until dignity becomes habit." With this powerful call to dignity, we express our
solidarity and demand the immediate and unconditional release of Mateo Gutiérrez.
We embrace his peers in the UNAL, his family and all the friends who weave networks of
empathy and solidarity to achieve his release. We also embrace the resistance of
indigenous peoples in the North Cauca for the liberation of Mother Earth, Putumayo in
defense of natural resources against fracking, students of the University of Valle in Cali
against the privatization of education, the agrarian struggles in Arauca and La Guajira,
as well as the multiple student and popular processes in the big cities that fight for
peace and against the advance of paramilitarism in the most unprotected communities.
In the words of his friends: "Mateo is characterized by a huge smile in good times and
bad, joy is one of his greatest weapons."
To the joy always!
Subscribe: Red de Historias Anticapitalistas (México); Colectivo Rebeldía, Resistencia y
Libertad -IPN- (México); Comité Voca 4 -IPN- (México); COAGI, Colectivo de la Asamblea
General Interna de
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